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Saturday, May 8, 2010



Can the U.S. Avoid European Contagion?

Posted: 08 May 2010 05:50 PM PDT

Pity that this new nervousness about Europe, to which we can add concern that the Chinese regime is engineering an economic slowdown to head off the bursting of a credit bubble, is taking some of the shine off the recovery now clearly underway in the U.S. The jobs situation has turned around.

5 Life Lessons Learned from Video Game Peripherals

Posted: 08 May 2010 05:30 PM PDT

There have been a LOT of bad video game peripherals in the past. Here is a list of 15 Life Lessons that can be learned from some of the strangest video game peripherals from the past and present.

Protest Pups: It's Not Just One [PICS]

Posted: 08 May 2010 05:20 PM PDT

Kanellos the protest dog shot to fame when a photographic profile piece dedicated exclusively to him. But careful observers started to notice that there are a lot of dogs hanging with these Greek protesters. They can be easily mistaken for one another since they all wear the same city-issued collars. Here's where they've been spotted in the past.

Facebook's Gone Rogue; It's Time for an Open Alternative

Posted: 08 May 2010 05:00 PM PDT

Facebook has gone rogue, drunk on founder Mark Zuckerberg's dreams of world domination. It's time the rest of the web ecosystem recognizes this and works to replace it with something open and distributed.

Methane Bubble Triggered Deadly Gulf Coast Oil Rig Explosion

Posted: 08 May 2010 04:54 PM PDT

A Small bubble turned into a big trouble.The deadly blowout of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico was triggered by a bubble of methane gas that escaped from the well and shot up the drill column.

10 Examples Of Why You Shouldnt Overload Your Vehicle (PICS)

Posted: 08 May 2010 04:30 PM PDT


Police: Wii Rage Triggers Bizarre Crime Spree

Posted: 08 May 2010 04:20 PM PDT

Colorado Springs police officers are investigating a bizarre crime spree that started after a man reportedly got mad over a Wii game.Witnesses told police a man went after several people in the Meadows Mobile Home Park with a bat, bit his mother on the ankle, intentionally rammed several cars, and hit a pedestrian and a tree.

Jolly Rancher lands 3rd grader in detention for a week!

Posted: 08 May 2010 04:20 PM PDT

A 10-year-old's parents are outraged after their daughter was handed a week's detention for trying to eat a Jolly Rancher at lunch. School officials say they're simply complying with a state law.

"Babies" Documentary Funds Incubators to Save 15 Mil Infants

Posted: 08 May 2010 03:40 PM PDT

The awwwwww-inducing film "Babies", a new documentary that follows four children around the world from their births to their first steps, found a way to help babies around the world. By making Embrace Infant Warmers the beneficiary of their San Francisco premiere...

A Unique Case For Solar Energy

Posted: 08 May 2010 03:20 PM PDT

The simple fact is we're running out of fossil fuels, so whether we like or it not, we have to turn to the sun.

Conan at Google: The World has Completely Changed [Vid]

Posted: 08 May 2010 03:00 PM PDT

Rounding out an unofficial tour of Silicon Valley, Conan O'Brien visited Google's Mountain View headquarters on Wednesday, ribbing Google VP of Engineering Vic Gundotra about the company's infamous aloofness: "You guys are so power mad here at Google, You're such entitled A-holes. Hey, Conan's in the area, make him come by... Do a dance."

Proof that "A + B = C"

Posted: 08 May 2010 03:00 PM PDT


British Politician Trapped in Wreckage of Small Plane

Posted: 08 May 2010 02:40 PM PDT

A photo-op for a British politician goes horribly wrong: Nigel Farage, the former leader of the UK Independence Party, captured on film after the small plane he was riding in flipped over while attempting to land. Farage survived, but was left bloodied and shaken.

Was There Ever Any Doubt Brian Cushing Was On Steroids? [pic

Posted: 08 May 2010 02:22 PM PDT

From man-boobs to man-child, I'm surprised it took this long for him to get caught.

2 NY teens arrested in plot to attack high school

Posted: 08 May 2010 02:20 PM PDT

Two teenagers extensively researched bomb making, attempted to buy a shotgun and even set a date for a deadly attack on students and teachers at the high school where one of them had been a student, police said Friday.

House To Hold Hearing on Stock Market Crash

Posted: 08 May 2010 02:20 PM PDT

The House Financial Services Commitee plans to hold a hearing next week and has called on the SEC to investigate computer glitches responsible for Thursday's nearly 1,000 point market drop in the in just a half hour. "We cannot allow a technological error to spook the markets and cause panic. This is unacceptable," said Rep. Paul Kanjorski.

I was told to wear a headscarf and I did

Posted: 08 May 2010 02:20 PM PDT


Jailbroken iPad Runs SNES Emulator with WiiMote Controls

Posted: 08 May 2010 01:50 PM PDT

If you've got a jailbroken iPad, a copy of snes4iphone, and a WiiMote, have I got a doozy for you - check out the video.

High-flying TV executive kills herself for 'not being good e

Posted: 08 May 2010 01:40 PM PDT

Angharad Jones had become convinced she had failed her only child, Sara, 17. She left four suicide notes at home before striding into the sea, an inquest heard.

Everything You Need To Know About Twitter (Infographic)

Posted: 08 May 2010 01:30 PM PDT

The path to 10 Billion tweets, 55 Million Tweets everyday and roughly receiving 10% traffic of the entire WWW.

Riley Hawk: Good Genes and Mad Talent

Posted: 08 May 2010 01:20 PM PDT

Of course, being Tony Hawk's son, you are born with some seriously good skateboarding genes, but this video of 17 year-old Riley Hawk shows that he kicks ass all on his own.

British Airways: No Refund For Man In ICU Who Can't Talk

Posted: 08 May 2010 01:10 PM PDT

It is too much to expect that an airline have a way to look at exceptional circumstances without the family of the seriously injured kid having to go through the media first?

Week in Microsoft: IE9 PP2, H.264 wins, IE falls below 60%

Posted: 08 May 2010 01:10 PM PDT

Ars recaps the week in Microsoft: Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview 2, HTML5 video in IE9, IE falling below 60 percent market share, and more.

Phallic "Green Superyacht" Sets Sail on Sea of Oxymorons

Posted: 08 May 2010 12:50 PM PDT

A United Kingdom company is touting plans for what it is calling the "Super-Green Superyacht." According to its somewhat misguided designer, "In this ever-increasing environmentally conscious time, I wanted to focus my attention on looking at possible solutions to some of the current problems associated with the superyacht industry"

Pirates are the video game industry's "largest customers"

Posted: 08 May 2010 12:40 PM PDT

It's vastly becoming a recurrence within the video game industry; the contentious blame against pirates for "major" losses in profit.

How To:Go to a Track Day(floor it w/ out getting a citation)

Posted: 08 May 2010 12:40 PM PDT

A track day is nothing more than an opportunity for everyday drivers to take their cars to a racetrack and drive them mercilessly...the newbie might ask, just what goes on at a track day, and how does one find out about them?

Nasdaq, NYSE Heads Trade Blame For Wild Sell-Off

Posted: 08 May 2010 12:30 PM PDT

President Obama said regulatory authorities were examining "the unusual market activity" closely, but industry and government officials are trying to figure out what caused the 16 minutes of chaos Thursday that left the Dow industrials down almost 1,000 points.

Newton's apple tree bound for gravity-free orbit

Posted: 08 May 2010 12:00 PM PDT

Sir Isaac Newton's famous apple tree is about to leave gravity behind. Flying aboard space shuttle Atlantis next week will be a 4-inch sliver of the tree from which an apple fell nearly 350 years ago and inspired Newton to discover the law of gravity. Sellers is flying the piece of wood for The Royal Society of London.

Chocolate VS. Depression (Graphic)

Posted: 08 May 2010 11:50 AM PDT

When we're down, we turn to chocolate for comfort, when we need something sweet, we turn to chocolate..... but did you know that people who regularly eat chocolate are more prone to bad moods and depression?

Ex-Interior Sec Walter Hickel dies at 90

Posted: 08 May 2010 11:40 AM PDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Former Alaska Gov. Walter J. Hickel, who served as Interior secretary under President Nixon until he was dismissed for objecting to...

16 Abbreviated Company Names Explained

Posted: 08 May 2010 11:20 AM PDT

Dozens of companies use acronyms or initials in their names, but how well do you know what the abbreviated letters mean? Let's take a look at the etymologies behind a few abbreviated company names.

Posthumanity (PICS)

Posted: 08 May 2010 11:20 AM PDT

Canadian geek artist Steve Mann has augmented his vision with wearable computers for most of his life. He invented his 'smart pants' in high school, perfected his body tech rig at MIT, and now has one eye that's a camera.

Arizona Kicks 'Speed Cameras' to the Curb

Posted: 08 May 2010 11:00 AM PDT

Arizona residents are cheering the state's decision to get rid of its highway speed cameras, which were used to ticket motorists going more than 10 mph over the limit. In areas where long, lonely stretches of road made speeding almost mandatory, citizens had been known to cover camera lenses with silly string or post-it notes.

Privacy No Longer Exists... (PIC)

Posted: 08 May 2010 11:00 AM PDT

Apparently you can't even ***** in peace anymore!

'Terror gap' law: Not only unconstitutional, but also useles

Posted: 08 May 2010 10:50 AM PDT

Not only are proposed "terror gap" laws a grossly unconstitutional violation of due process, they would also be utterly ineffective at thwarting terrorists' lethal ambitions. Yeah--I know "useless" is misspelled--I needed one more character than Digg allows.

Oakland Police Shoot and Kill Deer for No Reason

Posted: 08 May 2010 10:30 AM PDT

It was shot at six or seven times. Some children had followed the deer to the backyard because of their curiosity and excitement. Police officers arrived and apparently deemed the situation a public safety issue. They had the area cleared of people and then killed the deer.

AFP: Iceland volcano ash hits European flights again

Posted: 08 May 2010 10:14 AM PDT

BRUSSELS — European air traffic faced growing disruption Saturday as an ash cloud from an Iceland volcano threatened to close airports as far east as Spain's Barcelona or Marseille in France, controllers warned. "During the day, the area affected by ...

Diamond Ring Ad on Craigslist Leads to Murder

Posted: 08 May 2010 10:00 AM PDT

It seemed like a good idea -- make some extra cash by selling a diamond ring on Craigslist. But a Washington state man who opened his door to what he thought was a prospective buyer found a band of murderous thieves instead, police said.

Will Smith commits to 'Men in Black 3' in 3D

Posted: 08 May 2010 09:40 AM PDT

Men in Black 3 is officially a go, and Columbia Pictures will set a May 25, 2012 release date for a sequel shot in 3D. Will Smith has already signed his deal, negotiations are currently underway to get Tommy Lee Jones and Jogh Brolin back on board.

Vietnam, 35 years later (PICS)

Posted: 08 May 2010 09:30 AM PDT

Last Friday, April 30th, was the 35th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War, and last Tuesday, May 4th, was the 40th anniversary of the shooting of protesting students at Kent State University.

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